Tshwane Entertainment Collective set to boycott Africa Unite concert

Tshwane Entertainment Collective set to boycott Africa Unite concert

- The friction between SA rapper AKA and Nigerian muso Burna Boy has been getting a lot of attention

- Burna Boy is set to perform at the Africa Unite Concert on 24 November at Time Square Sun Arena in Tshwane but that's not sitting right with Mzansi

- In fact, the Tshwane Entertainment Collective is calling for a boycott of the concert until Burna Boy has apologised for his behaviour and threats

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Burna Boy had a lot to say about Mzansi rapper AKA and even issued threats. Mzansi rappers have taken to social media to voice their disapproval of African muso, Burna Boy, coming to SA to perform at the Africans Unite concert.

The artists strongly believe that Burna Boy owes AKA an apology for the xenophobic comments he made earlier this year.

Now the Tshwane Entertainment Collective has also spoken up, writing an open letter to SA's Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

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Briefly.co.za learnt that the group wants clarity on how the department has conducted the funding of the upcoming Africa Unite Concert.

Part of the group's letter reads as follows:

"The concern emanated from the fact that the event is run by a foreign-owned company which was able to secure government support and funding without any due process while local event organisers continue to be side-lined and forced to close shop due to lack of funding."

The group is also unhappy with Burna Boy's behaviour and declared an official boycott against the concert until the muso apologises.

"The event is also headlined by Burna Boy, an artist who instigated a lot of international backlash for South Africa and subsequently, its entertainment industry due to his misinformed utterances about South Africa, incitement to violence, his threats to local artists and his vulgar ultimatum to the South African government, conduct which he neither apologised for or corrected."

According to the group, the minister claimed that the department's logo was “erroneously” used on marketing material in spite of claims by the organisers that they had the full endorsement of the department from the onset.

The Tshwane Entertainment Collective is appalled by the way matters to have been handled and said "South Africans have unsuccessfully applied for this funding for years, not only to be rejected but also to learn that over R100 million was misappropriated with some millions being paid to an event which the minister himself has a financial interest."

Furthermore, the group wants Minister Mthethwa suspended while the funding programme is investigated.

"We call on President Ramaphosa to suspend Minister Nathi Mthewthwa pending an investigation into the Mzansi Golden Economy Funding Programme and institute measures to ensure that local artists and event organisers are supported, funded and prioritised.
"Further to the above, we call upon and declare an official boycott of the Africa Unite Concert until such a time that:
"PlayNetwork Africa and Phambili Media ensure that Burna Boy retracts and corrects his malicious statements and threats; and the National and Provincial government confirm the withdrawal of all support, endorsement and funding of the concert and provide an explanation for how this was granted in the first place while local events are all overlooked daily.
"Lastly, we encourage all members of the public to return their purchased tickets to the event for a refund. We are concerned that failure to comply with the terms above will result in an unavoidable shut down which may require physical enforcement. As such, we do not deem it advisable for the public to avail themselves to attend."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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